The S-Lab strives to be a space where students can connect with others to accelerate knowledge sharing and realize your vision. Specifically, S-lab provides a forum where mentors and collaborators can interact with students to help guide their projects by providing salient advice and leadership. The mentors listed here are UCSC Faculty and Industry Professionals from different sectors with diverse areas of expertise, who want to help students get their projects off the ground. 

Advisory Board

Ronnie Lipschutz
Professor of Politics, Provost of Rachel Carson College


Lipschutz conducts research in and writes on a range of topics related to global political economy, global governance, corporate social responsibility, environmental politics, energy and resources, sustainability, political economy and popular culture and the governmentality of biosurveillance.

Chrissy Thomure
Climate Action Manager, UCSC Sustainability Office


Chrissy will help S-lab support the implementation of the UCSC Climate and Energy Strategy, a roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2025; work towards decarbonization, and integrate into UCSC's 10-year plan to complete over 350+ energy efficiency and renewable projects.

parker-jennifer-openlab-ucsc__0Jennifer Parker
Asst. Professor of  Art, Founding Director of OpenLab


Parker maintains a multifaceted art practice at the intersection of art and science. Her research approach animates a space of possibility by asking the viewer to pay attention to the overlooked details, juxtapositions and interdependencies of our physical and sensory experience in the world around us.

1Patrick Mantey
Professor of Technology Management and Computer Engineering, Director of CITRIS


His research interests include educational applications of computer technology, image and signal processing, system architecture, simulation and modeling of complex systems, real-time monitoring and sensor networks, energy management systems, including geographic information systems and decision support systems.

Martin Quigley
UCSC Arboretum Executive Director


He also serves as director of gardens and grounds, where his primary responsibility is to manage the plant collections and direct the operations of the gardens. He also oversees educational programming and the creative development of interpretive materials and exhibits in the Arboretum.

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